James Ramirez aka DJ Sneeky Long is returning for his second year at the Bunny Hop. We asked him to tell us a little about how he got started playing, where's he's playing these days, what kinds of music he collects and what he'll be bringing to the Hop. Here's what he told us:
"I've been heavily into music since I was in elementary school. I've been collecting records since I was about 20. DJing for the public for about the last 12 yrs. I started out listening to and collecting Hip Hop records, which moved me into soul, funk and jazz which moved me into everything else. Now my collection runs the gamut from hip hop to reggae to soul & funk to latin to post punk to psychedelic rock to electro and everything in-between. I have a regular residency at Beer Bar every Thursday night where I play a little bit of everything groovy and I occasionally play records on Monday nights at Bar X with Justin Godina for his all vinyl soul night. I also play every 3rd Friday of the month at The Rest (which is in the basement of Bodega). A monthly set at Whiskey Street for their Sunday Brunch is also in the works.
So for the bunny hop, I'll probably do something in the vein of what I did last year. Just some nice upbeat soulful groovy sounds to match the daytime party vibe. I've been very deep into collecting Tropicalia records of late (and all things Brazilian) so be expecting to hear some of that stuff... also some AOR type vibes i.e. Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Bros. will also most likely be in order. That stuff goes hand in hand with drinking in the sun.